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soon to be well-armed with a Healing Blade

A few months back, I learned of the in-production game Healing Blade. This is a card game designed by two gamer-physicians to be both deeply strategic, as well as an instructional experience for students and doctors to teach appropriately selecting antibiotics to fight specific bacterial infections. Today, it was finally launched on Amazon and through game stores.

So, let’s see – gamer? Check. Physician? Check. Specialty, nay, nigh-obsession with infectious diseases? Check. Trains medical students and residents? Check.

I am, it seems, in the target audience.

A bit of background from the website:

Developed by two physician/gamers, Francis Kong and Arun Mathews, Healing Blade plunges the player into a world of sorcery and creatures, where real-world knowledge of infectious diseases and therapeutics play a pivotal role in the winning strategy.

Choose one of two sides:

-The Apothecaries, Champions of the Healing Blade whose namesakes hearken from real world antibiotics.

-The Lords of Pestilence, Creatures of Disease and manifestations of actual bacterial agents.

As you and your opponent seek domination through corruption and conquest, you must vie not only with brute force, but also with planning, strategy, and most importantly, an astute understanding of microbiology and medical therapeutics.

Early reviews seem to report that it’s a solid game, but I’ve ordered a couple of copies to check it out for myself. I’ll be sure to drop a review here once I’ve played a few rounds. However, I do have high hopes. Why? SYPHILIS. I mean, just look at her

*swoon* Uh, I mean, hand me the bastard sword +3 of penicillin! Yeah. That’s it. Yup.

bacterial fatality, in clay

A bit of infectious diseases whimsical warfare for your Friday…

I recently stumbled across this playful short video on the Improbable Research blog, showing a bacterium being infected by a bacteriophage. Bacteriophages are viruses that specifically infect bacteria, but not the cells of humans or other animals. Although they have seen little use in the United States in terms of medical and biotechnology applications, they have been more widely used in other countries. With the continued concern over antibiotic-resistant bacteria and a lack of new drugs to treat them with, bacteriophages may be more extensively researched for clinical uses in the future. (This was a subject I had the pleasure of discussing at last year’s Dragon*Con.)

And really, who wouldn’t want to, when they look this cute?